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Activity Overview


This activity allows for a more in-depth look at character traits. Students will need to provide textual evidence to support the character trait they choose. Students can support their idea with dialogue, thoughts, or actions of the character they are portraying. They can also use a character map to compare different characters.

Example character traits for characters in The Mouse and the Motorcycle:

  • Keith: Kind, adventurous, thoughtful
  • Ralph the Mouse: Adventurous, courageous, daring, irresponsible, honest

Here is an example of a character trait storyboard:

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Character Map

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/3] Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/5] Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows one character traits for characters from The Mouse and the Motorcycle.


  1. Identify one character trait for each character.
  2. Make pictures that show examples each trait.
  3. Give textual evidence to support the traits you chose.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Character Map Template
Create a character map of the characters in the story. Put the character's name in the title boxes and choose a character and scene to represent each one. As you read, take notes on the characters by answering the questions.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Character Picture & Scene
The characters and scenes are both appropriate for the book's characters.
Many of the characters and scenes match the book's characters.
More than half of the characters and scenes do not match the characters in the book.
Accuracy of Notes
Most of the information of the notes is correct.
Many of the notes have correct information, but some are incorrect or missing.
Less than half of the information of the notes is correct and relevant.
Effort
Work is complete, thorough, and neat.
Most of the sections of the character map were at least attempted and work is presentable.
Character map is unfinished and/or disorganized.




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